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RSI, RubberForm partner in joint venture.

Lockport, N.Y.-based RubberForm Recycled Products, has entered into a joint venture with Rubbersidewalks Inc. (RSI), Gardena, Calif., to produce rubberized pavement panels for replacement sidewalk installations.

Rubbersidewalks currently has installations in more than 60 U.S. cities, including Seattle, Chicago and Washington. The company claims its sidewalks, which are made from recycled crumb rubber, are more weather-resistant than concrete sidewalks.

RSI says its agreement with RubberForm will double its production capacity and could reduce shipping costs to clients in the East, Midwest and Southwest by up to 60 percent.

"This is a one-of-a-kind partnership for us," RubberForm President Bill Robbins says. "RSI fits perfectly with our 'green mandate' to create new end markets for recycled tire (crumb) rubber in the United States through our facility and our various recycled product lines."

RubberForm has a 16,000-square-foot production facility in Lockport where it manufactures a number of recycled rubber products, including curb stops and sign-post bases.

RubberForm expected to begin production on the rubberized sidewalk panels March 1.
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Title Annotation:TIRES
Publication:Recycling Today
Date:Mar 1, 2007
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